Saturday, March 12, 2016

Weekend TV Recommendations, or The Best Damn Chinese Food You’ve Ever Had in Persons Unknown

 Seven strangers wake up in an empty hotel in a small town where the only thing open is a Chinese restaurant where nobody speaks English.  The strangers are all contemporary archetypes; a single mom, a rich guy, a spoiled socialite, a Gulf War Veteran, a used car salesman, and of course, a mysterious stranger with combat skills.  There are of course, clues for the guests to discover and figure out; keys in bibles, hints in fortune cookies and of course video cameras everywhere because they are trapped in a real life videogame.  The inevitable questions raised are who’s watching, and why are they there? 
Persons Unknown (2010) has an interesting premise and is reminiscent of the classic British series The Prisoner (1967), but updated for the 21st Century and missing the surreal whimsy of The Village.  Paranoia mounts as the series progresses as the viewers speculate on who is a real prisoner, and who is playing a part.  With only 13 episodes it’s basically a failed mid-season replacement but it works as a miniseries or a complete story with an intriguing cliffhanger.
With Kandyse McClure who you know as Petty Officer Duala from Battlestar Galactica, and a grown-up Alan Ruck from Ferris Bueller’s Day off.


my first novel? thanks for asking:) I wrote a 4 book supernatural martial arts series concerning the ongoing feud between a group of kung-fu killer witches in san francsico’s chinatown.